THINKING

Tanya writes regularly on digital wellbeing, digital detox, Big Tech, screen-life balance, cybersafety, persuasive tech, the attention economy and other topical issues related to the digital world.

Is It Time To Rethink Smartphones in Schools?

As we get to the end of another school year I'm getting more involved with in-school discussions on what smartphone policies should be for the next academic year. This is a really good time to be thinking about it so that pupils and parents are forewarned before...

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Wellness in the Age of the Smartphone

How is the rise of mobile technology impacting our wellbeing and health?  Published this week 'Wellness in the Age of the Smartphone' attempts to begin to answer this question. The white paper is the first paper produced by the Digital Wellness Initiative, of which I...

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Digital detox for kids [PODCAST]

I recently recorded a podcast on the subject of digital detox for kids with The Parent Hood, looking at how to manage screen time healthily and happily in the home. It's an hour-long podcast, very chatty and informal and covers a lot of helpful hints and tips, as well...

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The tech industry needs to step up

On Safer Internet Day, everyone in the tech industry, not just those working in e-safety, needs to ask if they are doing enough to keep children safe online. Clearly marking and promoting age limits on software and a centralised location online for blocking...

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The truth about children and smartphones

The issue of children and smartphones raised its head this week with an emotive headline in US magazine Atlantic 'Have smartphones destroyed a generation?' The timing hit the school summer holiday season, a time when children are probably spending more time on their...

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#PorteOuverte: social media at its best

In one of my lives I run a digital detox business. But I'm always at pains to point out that this emphatically does NOT make me a neo Luddite. I'm keen for us all to explore how to have a positive relationship with technology, digital and social media and to make sure...

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BOOKS

Tanya is the author of three books on our complicated relationship with technology:

My Brain Has Too Many Tabs Open’, Off.’ and Stop Staring at Screens’ are all out now. 

My Brain Has Too Many Tabs Open

“Highly readable…attainable and realistic ways to reduce technology use and alleviate the burdens it can place on us as individuals and on our relationships.”

OFF: Your Digital Detox for a Better Life

"She presents simple ideas alongside practical suggestions for how to implement them - leaving you inspired and motivated by the end."

Stop Staring at Screens!

"Perhaps the best compliment I can pay this is that as soon as I started reading this, my 13-year-old son started looking over my shoulder, and in short order said, "I want to read this as soon as you're done. And I want to do this." 

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